Golf Bag: Carr Romps to WCAC Title
It was a homecoming of sorts for Corrine Carr, and she made the most of it by leading wire-to-wire and claiming the Women’s Carolinas Amateur Championship by a whopping 12 strokes.
Carr, a Pinehurst native who transferred from Furman University to the University of South Carolina, returned to the host Furman course for the championship and reeled off rounds of 71-69—69 for a 7-under-par 209 that blitzed the field. She was the only player to shoot under par in all three rounds.
Laura Wearn, of Charlotte, was a distant second at 221, with Alex Rankin, of Anderson, S.C., third with 227.
“This is a nice win for me,” Carr told reporters after the final round on Thursday. “I played pretty steady all week and just stayed patient. I made a lot of putts all week, which helped me go low.”
Wearn, playing in the final group with Carr, said, “Corrine was hitting every fairway and every green in regulation. When we were all in the rough, Corrine would just hit down the fairway and onto the green and always have a putt at birdie.”
Carr posted five birdies in the second round and had four in a row on the back nine Thursday.
Eleana Collins, of Pinehurst, the 2009 winner, was unable to defend due to a scheduling conflict.
Dianne Yelovich, of Pinehurst, finished 10th and was the overall Senior Division champion, shooting 84-75-76—235. Patty Moore, of Charlotte, who will duel Yelovich for the Moore County Women’s title June 8-9 at the Country Club of Whispering Pines, tied for 11th with 238.
Carole Jones, of Hillsborough, won the Carolina Tees Division, played from shorter tees, and was also the Super Senior champion with 244.
Vicki DiSantis, of Pinehurst, shot 251 and won the Second Flight in the Carolinas Tees Division.
N.C. Open: Kelly Mitchum is going to give it another try.
Mitchum, a lead instructor at Pinehurst Resort’s Golf Academy, is among those entered in the Toshiba North Carolina Open being played at the Club at Irish Creek June 8-10. Mitchum has won all of the Carolinas PGA Section majors with the exception of the N.C. Open.
Irish Creek, a Davis Love III design that has drawn high praise, is located in Kannapolis.
Ivan Schronce, an apprentice professional at Masonboro Country Club in Wilmington and winner of the Carolinas Open a few weeks ago, is also among those entered, as is last year’s N.C. Open champion, Steve Isley, the Director of Golf at Oak Island Country Club.
Wexford Senior: Professional Chris Tucker, of Fort Mill, S.C., shot 69-69—138 to win the CPGA Senior Open held at Wexford Golf Club in Hilton Head Island by four shots.
Mike Lawrence, of Easley, S.C., was second with 142.
Chuck Latham, of Vass, tied for 17th with 157 and was tied for ninth among amateurs. Donovan Bachtel, of Southern Pines, was 36th with 165.
Hal Dugenske, of Whispering Pines, tied for seventh in the Super Seniors Division with 156, Murray Stern, of Pinehurst, was 10th with 162, and Herb Conway and John Gerwig, of Whispering Pines, tied for 11th with 163.
Peshkopia Ace: The doctor was on call the day Hector Peshkopia had his first hole-in-one at Legacy Golf Links.
Playing with Dr. Will McCutchen on May 1, Peshkopia pulled his Cobra 5-iron for the tee shot on the par-3 ninth hole.
“There was a breeze blowing, and the Callaway ball bounced about 10 feet in front of the hole and rolled in,” Peshkopia, a Deercroft resident, said. “At 72 years of age and having played for quite some time, this was my first hole-in-one.”
Lesson Record: Greensboro professional and golf instructor Rick Murphy set a world record May 15 following a Greensboro Grasshopper baseball game at New Bridge Stadium.
Murphy gave a lesson before 5,500 fans, by far surpassing the most people simultaneously taking a golf lesson mark of 632. The group lesson is not recognized by Guinness World Records, however.
N.C. Amateur: Zach Edmondson, of Morrisville, shot 69 to earn medalist honors in the North Carolina Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier held at River Landing May 21.
Jack Keefe, of Fayetteville, and David Donovan, of Hampstead, tied for second with 70 as 19 players advanced to the championship.
Patrick Barrett, of Pinehurst, tied for 26th with 76.
Tin Whistles: Ray Fletcher and Sam Sayers may have been outnumbered, but they weren’t outplayed as they teamed for a 59 to win the captain’s choice Tim Whistles event held on the Pinehurst No. 5 Course May 22.
The team of Terry Daly, Dick Liston, Bruce Monteith and Bob White were also at 59 but lost in a card playoff.
Taking third with a 60 were John Bennett Jr., David Brown, Leo Ganster and Robert Hughes.
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